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Algarve Windsurf Camp

For over 25 years, windsurfing in Algarve has been fascinating for people around the world. This sport has evolved from huge boards and simple little sails into one of the most hi-tech watersports on the planet. From recreational to radical, you can choose how you want to enjoy your sport and nature. The friendly certified instructors of Algarve Watersport will help you to get through your training and master the windsurfing lesson in a very enjoyable way.

Highlights

  • 1 yoga session
  • 5-day windsurfing course
  • Complimentary use of equipment
  • Experienced and certified instructors
  • Transfer from and to train or bus station
  • Delicious breakfast and dinner
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • Beach transfers

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Styles


5 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 8

Airport transfer available:
Faro Airport (US$93 per person)

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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Garden
  • Lounge
  • Free Wi-Fi

You will stay at Kite House Lagos which features a pool, barbeque area, a big garden with trampolines, and outside multi-sport courts. In the Barraka Bar you can have a cold beer or cocktail while having the complimentary Wi-Fi, watching TV, playing table pool, or backgammon. The new Kite House is not a wild party house, but you are still only minutes away from the night action in the center of Lagos with all the pubs, clubs, restaurants, and street life.

The rooms

The camp house has double rooms and dorm rooms consisting of four bedrooms. Right in front of the pool, the camp also owns bungalows with private entrance, lounge, bathrooms, and separate bedrooms. This is a perfect place for families and guests looking for privacy.

Algarve Watersport Windsurf Camp Portugal Program

Learn the basics with the easy to use equipment and highly experienced windsurf instructors. From your first introduction to riding downwind and upwind, tacking, jibing, and up to the riding with harness, they strive to help you achieve your goals. You will spend up to three hours a day on the water. Before each lesson, you will learn how to set up your equipment and be advised of what gears you will need for the conditions.

The unique and up-to-date teaching methods are individually tailored for each student. You will have a chance to focus on maneuvers that you like the most or on elements which still need improvement. Depending on the wind conditions and the level of students, the instructors can pick the best time of a day to make your lesson. Lighter wind in the morning or stronger blows in the afternoon can be picked together.

Instructors

Marcin
Marcin is a professional, friendly, and easy going waterman in Algarve Watersport. Marcin has been windsurfing before actually he was able to walk properly. A few years later, he discovered kiteboarding, wakeboarding, and surfing, now getting wild about SUP on waves. His dream is to become Kelly Slater, but he has far too much hair.
Niko
Niko is the most all-around talented person in Algarve Watersport. He can teach you windsurfing, kiting, stand-up paddling, or even a mountain tour bike. Later, he will fix your car or your bike and after that, he could probably cook you a nice dinner.

Location

You will have your windsurf lesson at the lagoon on the Odiáxere river, located between Lagos and Alvor. The lagoon offers ideal conditions to learn and practice windsurfing in the Algarve. The Nortada wind from the north is accelerated by the Serra de Monchique before reaching the water of the lagoon. This warm and strong wind allows you to learn new maneuvers quickly and allows for consistent improvement of your windsurfing skills.

Being located in a quiet area of Lagos above the famous Meia Praia Beach, this location is pretty well-known as the party capital of the Algarve. The young and crazy scenes come from all over the world where Aussies, Kiwis, Canadians, and Europeans have a party until dawn.

Nearby location

  • Faro Airport (FAO) - 75 minutes
  • Meia Praia beach - 5 minutes
  • Ria da Alvor kite spot - 10 minutes
  • The Algarve's surf spots - 30 minutes
  • The center of Lagos - 10 minutes
  • The marina in Lagos - 5 minutes

Food

Throughout the camp, you will be served with seven breakfast and five dinner courses included in the package. You will start the day with a heavenly breakfast prepared by the kitchen fairy, Eli. The breakfast menus will vary and include juices, tea, coffees, whole wheat bread, rolls, baguettes, cheese, ham, jam, eggs, yoghurt, fruits, cereals, fresh milkshakes, and smoothies.

For dinner, the meals are well-traveled as the recipes and culinary ideas come from all over the world. The dinner has the night's theme like Italian, Asian, Latin American, German, Danish, Hungarian, and of course, Portuguese, to pamper you with delicious, nutritious, and healthy meals after a long day in the water.

On Wednesday and Saturday evening, the kitchen is closed so you can try the great restaurants in Lagos. There will be also special meals offered to vegetarians or allergic sufferer. Please let know Algarve Watersport beforehand upon booking.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Mountain biking

You will be shown some of the great trails along the wild south coast overlooking the ocean or through the rural backcountry of the western Algarve. Mountain biking tours start in front of the Kite House for the trips from Lagos to Luz or Burgau. For a longer trip, you will have a drive to the west coast to enjoy a scenic ride while discovering the secret beaches and a stunning sunset.

For adrenaline junkies, you are also offered the tours to the highlands of the Monchique mountains. From the peak of the Foia, you will have an amazing view over Portimao, the Ria do Alvor, Lagos, and even the west coast as a whole.

Yoga and Pilates

Yoga and Pilates are great ways to keep your body, mind, and soul sharp until the next time you get in the water. Many of professional water women and men like Kelly Slater (nine times surf champion), Kristine Boese, (nine times kiteboarding champion), and Larid Hamilton (a big wave surf legend) have found yoga and Pilates to be one of the key preparation tools for their watersport careers.

By practicing yoga and Pilates, you can improve core strength, flexibility, agility, balance, lung capacity, concentration, and calmness in challenging wave situations. Yoga and Pilates also help to prevent your body from getting hurt and it shortens the recovering time between the sessions.

What's included

  • 1 free yoga session
  • 3-hour windsurfing lessons per day
  • 5 days windsurfing course
  • 5 dinners
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Experienced and certified instructors
  • Transfer from and to train or bus station
  • Transfer to windsurfing spots
  • Windsurf equipment provided

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Extra meals
  • Extra yoga sessions
  • Other activities

How to get there

Driving directions from Lagos

  • Find the roundabout with the police station or McDonalds in Lagos and drive about 100 meters direction to Portimao on the N 125. *Next roundabout, follow signs to Meia Praia Beach.
  • Straight over the next small roundabout until you get to a big roundabout with a concrete construction on it.
  • You turn left going uphill (only road that goes uphill).
  • After 300 meters, you see Marina Park or Vita Sol Park on your left.
  • Go straight until the road splits and stay left.
  • After 50 meters, you can see the Kite House or Villa Calicas on the left.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Faro Airport (FAO) or Lisbon Humberto Delgado Airport (LIS). Transfer from and to the airport is available upon request.

Arrival by bus

From the entrance of the Faro Airport (FAO) terminal, you will find a bus stop of the bus line EVA. With the bus line 14 or 16 which costs about 1.50 EUR, you will reach the bus central station Avendia or the train station of Faro. Both stations are located in the center and only a couple hundred feet fare from one another. The trip from Faro to Lagos by bus takes about two hours.

From Lisbon, you are recommended take the bus for it is usually quicker and more comfortable. From Lisbon Humberto Delgado Airport, just get a taxi to Terminal Rodoviário de SeteRios. From there, there are four busses leaving to Lagos every day.

Arrival by shuttle

Algarve Watersport offers private shuttles from Faro Airport (FAO) straight to the Kite House. If you like to book it, you will have to let them know your flight number, your origin, and your arrival time at least 36 hours before arrival. For the four-person capacity, this facility costs 80 EUR and 100 EUR for the eight-person capacity.

Arrival by taxi

From Faro Airport or Lisbon Humberto Delgado Airport, there is a taxi stand available. For simpler yet little bit more costly transportation, taking a taxi to the Kite House is another option that will be the quickest way for you.

Airport: Faro Airport Airport transfer available: Faro Airport (US$93 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 16% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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This vacation is available from May to mid-October, with arrival on Saturday or Sunday, please select an arrival date below.

 

Low season

 

  • May, June, and October

 

High season

 

  • July and September

 

Super high season

 

  • August

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